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Welcome to the WRTG 3020 Massey-Warren Research Guide! Use the tabs above of the menu to navigate throughout the guide.

This guide serves as a starting point for your research for your assignment. You will find resources for locating scholarly articles, news, statistics, graphics, and tools to help with citation management.

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Keyword Strategies

Before you search, it's a good idea to come up with and record some possible keywords. Remember, though, that as  you learn more about your topic, and perhaps even develop new questions, your keywords will change and shift.

As you're generating keywords, think about:

  • Breaking your research question up into concepts and grouping search terms that way. For example, if you were looking for the effect of mosquito nets on preventing malaria in developing nations, your concepts might be 1) mosquito nets, 2) malaria, 3) developing nations.
  • Then, brainstorm synonyms and group them by the bigger concepts.
  • Eliminate words like "as a cause of" or "effect of". These connect ideas in natural language, but databases do better without them.

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